PAED4409 Evidence-based Medicine

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1OnlineOnline
Content
This unit includes (1) an introduction to evidence based medicine; (2) randomised control trials (RCTs); (3) non-RCT studies (case control and cohort studies); (4) comparing RCTs with non-RCTs (observational studies); (5) systematic reviews; (6) biostatistics 1: types of data, distribution (normal versus skewed), measures of dispersion, P values and confidence intervals (reading material only); (7) biostatistics 2: analysis of continuous variables: t test, Wilcoxon rank-sum test or Wilcoxon–Mann–Whitney test, ANOVA (analysis of variance); analysis of categorical variables: chi squared test, odds ratio, relative risk (reading material only); (8) biostatistics 3: regression analysis: logistic, linear, univariate, multivariate, meta analysis using RevMan (practical demonstration); (9) how to read a paper; and (10) how to write a paper.

The unit aims to develop students' ability to design, conduct and critically appraise clinical research, and to present their research at scientific meetings/conferences and report it to a level suitable for publication in peer reviewed journals.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) describe the hierarchy of evidence; (2) describe common study designs for clinical research; (3) understand commonly used methods for statistical analysis; (4) understand systematic review of the literature to answer clinical questions; (5) understand how to critique a research manuscript; and (6) understand the principles of effective communication (presentation and publication) of research.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a tutorial presentation; (2) a written assignment; and (3) a two-hour essay examination at the end of the semester. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Clinical Associate Professor Shripada Rao
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019_ONLINE [SEM-1_2019_ONLINE]
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